- Associated Press - Monday, November 9, 2015

SAN LUIS OBISPO, Calif. (AP) - A construction crew is temporarily removing a free-standing spiral stairway that has become a popular destination for southern California locals.

The San Luis Obispo Tribune reports (http://bit.ly/1iNDCam ) that Pismo Beach’s steel “stairway to nowhere” is being dismantled while a local hotel makes a proposal to strengthen the structure and reconnect it to a clifftop.

Interim Community Development Director Michael Draze says an engineer discovered the aging staircase could collapse.

The bridge connecting the giant stairway to the cliff behind a coastal restaurant was removed for safety reasons. Locals can only reach the structure by swimming or kayaking.

Draze says Martin Resorts owns the restaurant and is working on obtaining a city permit to remove the stairs while strengthening the structure.

Representatives of Martin Resorts could not be reached for comment.

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Information from: The Tribune, http://www.sanluisobispo.com

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